Joyce DiDonato: How to learn a role

Joyce DiDonato, arguably the reigning coloratura mezzo-soprano in the world at the moment, is not only a star performer but very generous in giving advice via her blog and video-log. Here is a recent corker on her role learning process:

Here’s her summary:

  1. Mark up the score
  2. Translate it well
  3. Spend time at the piano
  4. Do a little bit of listening to a large variety of recordings
  5. Record yourself
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